Listener Dave of Kentucky calls in because he has been heavily criticizing recurring guest Heather Marulli. Dave thinks Heather is a narcissist who doesn't add anything to the show. He also dislikes her standup. Isaac says other listeners complain about Heather and is confused by her persona. Charles is a big fan of Heather, thinks she brings a lot to the podcast, and wonders if the critiques of her have more to do with her being a woman. Also discussed: Sam Harris using the term "merch," what makes a show going off the rails good or not, and verbal crutches.

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David Rosenberg returns to the podcast! Isaac wonders if the Florida bridge collapse was part of a Deep State operation to focus the country's attention on infrastructure. Charles and Rosie are not sold on such conspiracy theories. The topic of Trump's tariffs comes up, and Isaac wonders why members of the left are suddenly anti-tariff when in the past they would have been all for it. Rosie thinks there are more complicated reasons for being anti-tariff in this day and age. Also discussed: moms lusting after Rosie, Charles's college-aged flirtation with conservatism, and Rosie's presidential picks for 2020!

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A quick discussion about the recent artistic resurgence of horror films and an earlier movement referred to as the "New French Extremity," which included movies such as High Tension and Martyrs.

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Isaac is curious about how gay men know they're on a date and not hanging out and whether there is confusion. Gracie and Charles attempt to explain why this is a non-issue.

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Along with Gracie Dixon, Isaac and Charles discover their show is possibly the most important podcast in pop culture, as their topics are continually raided by writers! This stealing includes the episode on Southland Tales and the episode about the Steve Jobs biography. Isaac makes a prediction for this year's best film. Also discussed: why do compliments make us uncomfortable, and why produce content for people to consume if we don't want to talk to them about their consumption of it?

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March 27, 2018

Jewish Sling Blade

An all over the place episode as comedian David Rosenberg returns for his first appearance since the episode listened to by thousands of Nazis! Isaac and Charles are annoyed with Rosie for being late because he was sleeping and having to leave early because of an equally infuriating reason. Isaac thinks the Mormon and Jewish communities are actually quite similar, and Charles shares his lust for Mormon missionaries. We learn about David's sexual encounter for the year in Las Vegas, and its merits as a city are explored. Isaac is curious about why groupies have sex with comedians. Also discussed: a fistfight over a fart, why the Westside is the FUPA of LA, and David's new character Jewish Sling Blade.

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An episode devoted entirely to crapping on your most beloved films! Isaac and Charles are joined by oft-mentioned and long-suffering Gracie Dixon to talk about movies that everyone loves but that they do not. These include The Shape of Water, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Fight Club, Dazed and Confused, Coen Brothers comedies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ladybird, Black Panther, Wes Anderson films, and Quentin Tarantino's post-90s output. Also discussed: whether Guillermo del Toro is actually a good filmmaker, the joy of Gene Hackman, and the difference between twee and whimsy.

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March 12, 2018

Real Men Move In

Welcome to the reformat of Not a Huge Fan into a show about relationships! We'll be focusing exclusvely on the methods you can use for a more nurturing and loving partnership. We begin with a visit from love expert (and fan favorite) Heather Marulli, who brings her wealth of knowledge on the art of romance to our alpha hosts Isaac Simpson and Charles Disney. Isaac inquires if women do indeed be shopping, but refuses to identify his birthday. Everyone's astrological signs are examined and Charles shares his thoughts on the delicate art of text message timestamp interpretation. We learn that Isaac is codependent or possibly just may not know what the word "codependent" means, and we discover that Heather was a Mean Girl in college. Also discussed: Haiti, a very accurate Jordan Peterson impression, and why Target always makes couples fight.

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Isaac and Charles made a guest appearance on an episode of the very popular Unpopular Opinion podcast talking about the Olympics (https://soundcloud.com/unpopularopinion/unp-230). Cohost Brett Rader really disliked Isaac and makes it clear during the course of the episode. Isaac quizzes Charles about what his future in comedy will be and Charles laments the presence of old weirdos. Isaac and Charles both critique how useless it is to promote anything on social media.

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Left wing lynch mobs are here to destroy us all! Or are they? The show starts with a look at the "SJWification" of movie critiques, where films are judged on factors irrelevant to their actual merits. Isaac includes Taylor Sheridan's work in this category. Then a quick mention of Jordan Peterson where Charles gets to do his terrible JPetes impression. Finally, the Bari Weiss Twitter controversy from a few weeks ago is discussed: was she the victim of illiberal leftists or was she just being hardheaded and not admitting she tweeted something dumb? Immigrants: they make the mob dumb!

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